French-Canadian Animation ‘Snowstorm!’ Gets China Release

A remake of a French-Canadian classic will arrive on China screens April 1.

Snowstorm! 冰雪大作战, the animated remake of a 1984 French Canadian classic, has secured a release date in China, the world’s second-largest movie market.

The film, a 3D animated take on The Dog Who Stopped The War (La Guerre des Tuques), the much-loved Quebec kids’ film directed by André Mélançon, will open in China on April 1.

An anti-war allegory, the movie follows two groups of kids in a Quebec village engaged in a prolonged snowball fight. It will screen in 2D and 3D formats.

Unusually for an imported animated film, there will only be a dubbed Chinese-language version, as opposed to also having an original language, subtitled cut.

The local team behind the dubbing of last year’s Zootopia will be doing voice-overs for the film. Two yet-to-be-named  Chinese pop stars will also sing Chinese-language songs for the local version.

In November, local media speculated that Celine Dion, who sings the film’s theme song, would be coming to Beijing to promote the film.

Instead, Quebecois pop-punk band, regular China visitors Simple Plan, whose song “The Heroes” features in the film, will return in March to promote it as a series of events.